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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first of 30,000 new U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan in two to three weeks, top U.S. officials said on Wednesday, even as they made clear plans to start bringing the soldiers home in 18 months could slip.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the major increase in U.S. forces fighting the Taliban, bringing the U.S. troop presence there to almost 100,000 in a buildup officials hope will secure Afghanistan and allow U.S. soldiers to start pulling out by the summer of 2011.